Haseley back with the Phillies, Realmuto Injury Update, and more heading into tonight’s Blue Jays game
Phillies outfielder Adam Haseley, who left the team for personal reasons on April 14th and was placed on the restricted list, has returned to the organization and will begin preparing himself for a return to the Phillies in Clearwater, Florida.
Haseley will definitely need to work his way back into game shape before having a shot at landing another roster spot on the Phillies. He will be working out and training at the Phillies’ spring training facility and eventually in minor league games.
Still, there has been no reason for his absence.
Before leaving the team, Haseley started this season in a timeshare at centerfield with Roman Quinn. Haseley went 4-for-21 in nine games before his departure.
The Phillies centerfield position has been a major question mark all season long. Currently, Odubel Herrera holds down that spot on the roster. Over the past seven games, Herrera has slashed .360/.448/.680 with 12 hits, two home runs, five RBI, and five walks.
JT Realmuto met the team today in Dunedin, Florida for tonights opening game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He could be playing if the MLB grants him approval. Realmuto was forced to go on the COVID injured list Thursday, although he tested negative. It was originally thought that he would miss a few games.
Gregorius will miss his second straight game with a sore right elbow. He exited Wednesday’s game with stiffness in the elbow, the same one he had surgically repaired in October 2018. Didi also missed three games in April after landing on his elbow diving for a catch in the outfield.
Didi Gregorius will not be in the Phillies’ lineup Friday at the Blue Jays’ temporary home in Florida. Toronto is playing its home games in Dunedin until a June 1 transition to the Triple A complex in Buffalo, NY.
Phillies vs Blue Jays
The Phillies face left-hander Steven Matz, who they saw three times in spring training. Matz has a 6.10 ERA in 12 career appearances against the Phillies. Vincent Velasquez will take the mound for the Phillies with hopes to continue his recent success as a starter.